Obituaries

Thu
12
May

Brandon Scott Haydon, 1972 - 2016

A memorial service for Brandon Scott Haydon will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Parks Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Okemah. Inurnment will follow at the Highland Cemetery also in Okemah. Brandon Scott Haydon was born March 20, 1972, to Galen Haydon and Nancy Lyons. He passed away, Monday, May 9, 2016, in Tulsa, at the age of 44. Brandon was a resident of Tulsa and past resident of Okemah. He worked many years as a copy repairman and also served his country with the United States Navy. Brandon enjoyed anything dealing with aviation, keeping up with history and fishing. He and Kimberly Anne Reynolds were married in May of 1993 in Georgia. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Wayne Goodenow; his grandparents, Robert and Norma Saye and maternal uncle, Rob Roy Goodenow.

Tue
10
May

Edwina Washington DeJear, 1950 - 2016

Edwina DeJear was born July 16, 1950, to Godfrey and Bernice Washington in Newby. She departed this life May 5, 2016, at the age of 65 years nine months and 19 days. A Bristow area resident most all of her life, she was a 1968 graduate of Depew High School who served her country faithfully in the United States Army. Edwina attended Rose State College in Oklahoma City, receiving her nursing degree. This allowed her to give many years of dedicated service to her profession. Her children were the driving force behind much of what she had done. Edwina loved her family deeply. She was always quick to share wisdom and guidance. Stern but tender, she was seen not only as a mother and grandmother, but the true matriarch of the family. Edwina loved the Lord and was a member of the Bristow Seventh Day Adventist Church. When given the time, she loved to go fishing. If there was a BINGO game underway, you could bet that she was there and you could always find her at a casino.

Tue
10
May

Benjamin Earl Rager, 1970 - 2016

Benjamin Earl Rager was born July 15, 1970, to Vernon and Joyce Rager in Waco, Texas. He departed this life May 7, 2016, in Tulsa, at the age of 45 years, nine months and 22 days. Ben attended several different schools growing up. Throughout his adult life, the love for travel continued as he took every opportunity he could to get on the road. He took a job early in life with Exxon Mobil, giving them 20 plus years. Most recently, he worked for the Creek Nation Casino in Bristow with the HR department. Ben’s time away from work for the last two years had been spent residing in Tulsa with his husband, Shane. They had recently wed with a ceremony that was held April 30, 2016, in Kellyville. Ben was a lover of life, he enjoyed his work but found time for so much more than that. He was known as a frequent Amazon shopper. He loved to work in the yard; somewhat of a prankster, he could get a laugh with a smile. He could spend countless hours with his dogs, Rocco, Sassy and Rufus.

Tue
10
May

George Howard Hickman, 1936 - 2016

George Howard Hickman was born Oct. 26, 1936, to Walter Howard and Virginia Bell Hickman in Washington D.C. He departed this life Monday, May 09, 2016, at the age of 79 years, six months and 13 days. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a self-employed court reporter. He enjoyed 36 years of marriage to Maxine Hickman. She preceded him in death Sept. 17, 2014. He enjoyed spreading the gospel to whomever would give him the time. He was very focused on holistic living. He will be missed by his family and friends. He is survived by one daughter, Rhonda Foster and husband David Bedair of Kerrville, Texas; one son, Mark Hickman and wife Rosemary of Farmersville, Texas; one stepdaughter, Caroline Fisher and husband Mark of Bristow; one sister, Judith Goodwin of Idaho as well as four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. Graveside services are scheduled at 4 p.m.

Tue
10
May

Marjorie “Charlie” Parsons, 1949 - 2016

A graveside service to honor and celebrate the life of Marjorie “Charlie” Parsons will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2016, at the Ft. Smith National Cemetery, Ft. Smith, Ark., where her husband Robert Parsons and parents John and Shirley Tedford are laid to rest. Charlie passed away Monday, May 9, 2016, in Claremore, while visiting her son and daughter-in-law. She was 67. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rice Funeral Service, Claremore. Both friends and family are welcome to attend services; however, because of the travel distance, those area friends are encouraged to pick up a special remembrance of Charlie at the office of The Woodland Village Assisted Living Center, 131 East 9th, Bristow. Born April 29, 1949, in Seattle, Wash., young Charlie and her sister Cathy enjoyed a life of adventure as they moved often and saw much of the United States and Europe as children of Lieutenant Colonel John Bennett Tedford and Shirley Wenona (Miser) Tedford.

Thu
05
May

Billy “Bill” James Ashworth, 1925 - 2016

Billy “Bill” James Ashworth, Sr., 90, of Bristow, joined his Heavenly Father, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Bristow. Born in Slick on Aug. 14, 1925, Bill is survived by his wife, Bonnie Jean Ashworth; a son and daughter, Billy James Ashworth, Jr., of Broken Arrow and Joyce Launius, of Bristow; one sister, Virginia Long, of Tecumseh; four grandchildren, Denine Key, Amber Magridge, Lindsey Hannagan and Brandon Ashworth and one great grandchild, Jordan McKaughan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Ross and Lilly Dicie Ashworth; two siblings, Geneva Mercer and Famous Ashworth. Bill grew up working the family farm with his father before enlisting in the Army on Aug. 19, 1945, at the age of 20. He was stationed in Fort Dix, N.J. serving as a corporal and supply clerk in WWII. During his service, he was stationed in Germany and received the Army of Occupation medal and the WWII Victory medal.

Wed
04
May

Daisy E. Pickett

Daisy E. Pickett was born Jan. 30, 1920, and passed from this life on April 28, 2016. Daisy was proceeded in death by husband, Floyd E. Pickett. She is survived by five children, Bonnie Mae Rogers of Sapulpa, Jim Floyd Pickett of Florida, Edgar Owen Pickett of Texas, Patricia Ann Hibbard of lnola and T.L. Pickett of Arizona; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. Daisy is formerly of Bristow, but for the last three years lived in Sapulpa. Daisy worked for Oklahoma Osteopathy Hospital in Tulsa till she retired then she started working for AARP in Bristow. Delivering Meals on Wheels, she would pull her red wagon with meals to be delivered till her early 90's. She loved helping all the little old people even though she was in her late 80's and early 90's. She crocheted towels and sold them for her Christmas money. Everyone would call the towel lady when they needed more towels. As per her request there will be no services.

Wed
04
May

Ben Blackstock

A memorial service for Ben Blackstock will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Oklahoma Judicial Center, 2100 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City. Ben Blackstock, manager of the Oklahoma Press Association for more than four decades, died April 25, 2016. He was 90. Benny Lee Blackstock was born in Drumright on Sept. 4, 1925, to Pearl Parks and Boyd Lee Blackstock. During World War II, Blackstock served in the U.S. Air Force from 1943-1946 as a B-29 radio operator  flying off Tinian, and in the USAF Reserve from 1946-1954. He received the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal for his service in the war. In 1954, Blackstock married Bonnie Lou Michael Rookstool. They lived in Edmond and Oklahoma City for more than 55 years. Ben graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Thu
28
Apr

Florine Deloris Matthews, 1933 - 2016

Florine Deloris Matthews was born May 9, 1933, to Hubert A. and AnnaBelle (Mc- Murray) Carman in Big Spring, Ky. She departed this life April 27, 2016, at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 18 days. She attended Konawa Public School. On June 20, 1949, Florine Deloris Carman and William Doyle Matthews were united in marriage. To this union were born four children. They enjoyed over 58 years together before his passing on May 12, 2008. Florine owned and operated Bristow’s Jet Stop for over 20 years. She was well known by many who stopped in to buy gas, ice or just something quick to eat. She enjoyed crocheting, crossword puzzles, reading and her weekly domino date with friends. As family was very important, Florine loved going to all the sporting events her grandkids participated in. Some of her favorite memories were the trips she took with her good friends to Ruidoso, N.M. As well, she was a faithful and active member of First Baptist Church.

Thu
28
Apr

Eva Laura Lake, 1925 - 2016

Eva Laura Lake was born Nov. 14, 1925, to R.D. and Nonn Earl (Baker) Dykes in Pryor. She departed this life April 25, 2016, at the age of 90 years, five months and 11 days. Eva was a 1943 Bristow High School graduate. On Feb. 8, 1946, Eva Dykes and Charles William Tunnell were united in marriage. To this union were born four children. They enjoyed many years together until his passing in 1964. She worked as a secretary for Jack Howard and as a seamstress for Commercial Awnings. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and doing seamstress work and was a member of the Advent Christian Church. Eva is survived by two daughters, Verona Smith and Janice McKinney, both of Bristow; two sisters, Birdie Mac Hutchins and Iva Dell Berray, both of Bristow; one daughterin- law, LeAnn Tunnell of Jenks; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

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